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InfoComm and IoT

The Internet of Things may seem like a buzzword your CEO throws around. “I want our facility to be IoT ready.” Yeah, um ok. What does it mean exactly?
Let’s start with the acronym. IoT – Internet of Things. Well, that cleared things up. Thanks.
It’s the idea of disparate devices connected through the network and, traditionally, through the Internet. These devices rely on one another to do their jobs and provide various features and benefits that are not otherwise available. Take the Nest thermostat, the standard bearer of IoT devices for some. It will adjust the temperature in your home even if it isn’t connected to the network. But once connected to the network it creates and sends  reports on how efficient you are, compares your energy use with others in your area and connects to other IoT devices like the Amazon Echo.
The Echo is an IoT device that is useless without a network connection. This is because Echo goes back to the Amazon mothership to find what you are requesting. In addition it can talk with other devices to control them. Have the right smart locks? You can unlock your front door. Have a Nest? You can turn your air conditioning up or down with your voice.
Why does all of this matter to an AV integrator in New York? Glad you asked. It’s a market that is estimated to top $19 trillion over the next 10 years. In addition, these devices will make their way into the corporate world.
InfoComm is hosting another IoT Insight, this time in New York City at the Renaissance Times Square. Our own Josh Srago will be taking part in it. The same Josh Srago who is the foremost expert on everything Net Neutrality, which will have a significant impact on IoT.
This event will be taking place in the middle of IoT heaven: Times Square. There are more IoT devices, such as beacons and location devices, per capita than anywhere in the U.S. You will have the chance to see why this matters to you, ask questions of the experts, and get a real sense of where this IoT thing is going. At the end you will take a tour of the Samsung Experience Center in New York. That itself is worth the price of admission.
For more information on the InfoComm IoT Insights session click here. If you don’t go to the event at least keep yourself educated on the products and services being offered by these IoT devices. Your clients will begin asking for them, if they haven’t already.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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